CBC News: Liberals, NDP Reach Coalition Deal

by matttbastard

It’s (reportedly) on like Donkey Kong:

A deal has been negotiated between NDP Leader Jack Layton and Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion that would see them form a coalition government for two and a half years, the CBC’s Keith Boag reported, citing sources.

The NDP would be invited into cabinet and get 25 per cent of seats, Boag said, adding that the party wouldn’t get the position of the finance chair or the deputy prime minister’s post.


“The most difficult question is who’ll be the leader,” Boag said, adding that Dion, who negotiated the deal, believes he has the right to be prime minister.

Goddammit–someone (ok, probably at least a million someones) already took my snark re: ‘I for one welcome our coalition overlords.’

So, who wants to take bets on the likelihood of prorogue before December 8th?

h/t Kady O’Malley by way of NatNewsWatch

Update: John Ivison reports that Iggy will be PM, with Bob Rae likely getting the Foreign Affairs portfolio.

Update 2 (12/01): Well, so much for Ivison’s fleeting flirtation with something resembling credibility. CTV News reports that Dion will helm a proposed coalition government, having attained the support today of the three Liberal leadership candidates, Dominic LeBlanc, Michael Ignatieff and Bob Rae. h/t pogge @ BnR

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5 thoughts on “CBC News: Liberals, NDP Reach Coalition Deal

  1. Oh my country. My beautiful beautiful country.

    My newspaper yesterday was saying “omg! But, Harper has a clear mandate!” and I’m kinda boggled at how they do that math, frankly.


  2. Ivison’s previous filing was that Iggy was “distancing himself from the coalition” and “most likely to scuttle it”, although now that I think of it, those two filings are not mutually exclusive of one another.
    Good use of the Giorno talking points in the comments though ;-)
    I for one welcome our new Maple Syrup Coalition overlords!


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